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Cinder & Ella

Age: 2 1/2 years
Gender: female
Breed: guinea pig
Does well with: Dogs,cats, small animals & children
Special Needs: N/A
Adoption Fee: $20+ tax per pig



Meet Cinder and Ella! And just like the princess they are named for, these girls are just as sweet. These two guinea pigs are looking for a home together.

Cinder does have a stump foot on left front foot and is missing a few toes on the other, but she can run and keep up with her sister. She's got brown and white short fur

Ella is white and orange with that crazy guinea pig hair.

They are fostered with cats and rabbits, and have no fear of friendly dogs





Age: 4 YEARS
Gender: male
Breed: pitbull
Does well with: children & dogs
Special Needs: N/A
Adoption Fee: $100 + tax



Meet Bullet. He was an owner surrender. He is a four year old Pittie born on October 29th, 2015. His current foster is helping him settle him and we will post more as we get to know his personality. He is very active and loves to play. He is current on all vaccinations and will be neutered before an adoption is finalized.





Age: 11 months
Gender: female
Breed: pom-terrier mix
Does well with: dogs, cats & children
Special Needs: N/A
Adoption Fee: $100 + tax



Dusty is an 11 month old female Pomeranian/terrier cross. She is a little girl weighing in at about 6 pounds. She is spayed, up to date on shots and will be microchipped. She has been around other small dogs, but not big dogs, she was scared of the golden she was introduced to but given time we bet she could come around to big dogs too. She has not been around cats either but with her size and age we think she wouldn't have an issue with them. Dusty is kennel trained and potty trained but when you get a new dog you should expect some accidents.






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As a volunteer based rescue, we rely on the help of both people like you, and local businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan Community.

Some say, "it takes a village", and that couldn't be more true!

We need YOUR help! Whether it's donating your time and becoming a foster, contributing to our "grocery list" of tangible items, check out our Amazon List here, or monetary donations. If you shop on amazon, you can also visit our AmazonSmile where Amazon will donate a portion of your total right to Tails of the Midwest! Anything you can do to help us, helps our ability to rescue more of the pets in our area.

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about us


Founded in September of 2017, the purpose of Tails of the Midwest Rescue is to take in unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable forever-homes for them. This will prevent possible neglect and/or euthanasia. This rescue is created and run by local volunteers in the Bismarck-Mandan community. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and fully foster-based.


Marissa Rath

Hello! My name is Marissa Rath. I’m a single-parent raising a 6-year old son and we have two dogs. Amelia is a four-year old American Staffordshire/Australian Cattle Dog. I had fostered her and her ten puppies for another rescue and once all the puppies found forever homes, I kept her. I also have a German Shepherd Mix named Aspen who is a year old that I adopted from our own rescue. I’ve been part of the rescue community for about six years. I work full-time for an insurance company as a claims benefit specialist and part-time cutting hair. I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for eleven years. In my spare time, I love to cook and have been a vegetarian for fifteen years. I live for my daily coffee and you can find me most happy with my nose buried in a book. I am a certified holistic health coach and also am certified in crystal healing, aromatherapy, and holistic tarot.


Melissa Carson

Hello! I am Melissa Carson. I’m married with a 4-year old son and two dogs. Goose is a Golden Retriever and Rooster is an English Mastiff. I work full-time at an engineering firm and in my spare time I spend time with my family and dogs, playing volleyball, and shooting. My family loves to camp in the summer and we have a large backyard to spend time in with friends. I started fostering for another rescue a few years ago and got to see a senior dog find his forever family. After that, I was hooked on the feeling of pure joy of seeing the connection between dog and human come alive.


Tiffany Christensen

Hello! My name is Tiffany Christensen. I have been involved in animal rescue and dog training for over 15-years. After witnessing firsthand the hundreds of adoptable dogs being euthanized for behavioral problems that could be easily corrected, I began working with rescues to help rehabilitate and train their harder-to-adopt dogs to overcome their problems and become more likely to be adopted. I am an advocate for the No-Kill Initiative and firmly believe that all dogs deserve a chance at life. I moved to North Dakota in 2010 and fell in love with the area. In 2016, I opened Kanine Kingdom which offers doggy daycare, kennel-free boarding, and scientific based dog training to the Williston area. I currently live in Willison, ND with 9-dogs that I affectionately call my ‘kids’. Hunter is a 12-year old Labrador. Gunner is a 6-year old Mastiff/Lab mix. Rhaurie is a 6-year old Irish Wolfhound. Freddie is a 3-year old Irish Wolfhound/Lab mix. Cooper is a 12-year of Bichon. Lucy is a 3-year old Pomeranian/Dachshund mix. Ethel is an 8-year old Chihuahua. Ayana is a 6-year old Irish Wolfhound and Katie is a 1-year old Pitbull mix.

Cassandra Sattler

I have been an animal lover since I was a kid and brought home as many animals as my parents would let me (and some they wouldn’t let me.) In 2017 I bought a house and was able to start fostering. I’m also a student, a soldier and work as a home health aide but when people ask me for an introduction, the first thing I tell them is that I foster dogs! I have a nine year old black mutt named Alix who has shared all of life’s adventures with me since 2010 and a one year old black lab named Loki who I “foster failed” in Feb of 2019. I enjoy traveling, kayaking, camping, hiking, riding motorcycle and making things/art.

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Our Partners


As a volunteer based rescue, we rely on the help of both people like you, as we as local business here in the Bismarck-Mandan Community.

Below are some of the business that help us with their time and resources, so we can help the animals who need it most!


Kanine Kingdom

Kanine Kingdom provides us with training, and assistance with behavioral issues that our rescues are dealing with. Kanine Kingdom offers dog daycare, kennel free boarding, and scientific based dog training to the WIlliston area. If you would like to get in contact with them to help with your pets, click the logo above!

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